Defoe played with Gerrard for Rangers.

Jermain Defoe's reaction when Steven Gerrard got the Rangers job in the summer

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Rangers kept their Scottish Premiership title hopes alive after beating Celtic in the Old Firm derby last week.

Ryan Jack scored the only goal of the game as Steven Gerrard’s side drew level on points with their arch-rivals - although Celtic do have a game in hand.

And the Gers have just received another boost in their title bid with the loan signing of experienced striker Jermain Defoe.

According to reports, the 36-year-old will join the Ibrox club on an 18-month loan deal.

Defoe has made just four substitute appearances for Bournemouth in the Premier League and hasn’t scored since March.

However, it’s hoped that the former England international will add competition to Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty in Rangers’ front-line.

And ahead of signing for Rangers, Defoe’s comments about Gerrard from last summer have emerged.


Gerrard had just landed his first job in management when Rangers appointed him and Defoe was asked about his former England teammate.

"What a guy," Defoe told Sky Sports in May. "You can talk about Stevie forever. Icon, great player and Liverpool legend.

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"When I heard the news [of him becoming Rangers boss], I just wanted to wish him the best. to be honest. Away from football, he is such a nice guy. Loved playing with him.

"One of the best players I have ever played with. Without being biased, he will go on to be a top, top manager. With his experience and just how he is as a person. Cool, calm and collected. He never feels the pressure. He loves the pressure."

No wonder Defoe jumped at the chance to play for Gerrard in Scotland then.

Whether the ageing forward can score the goals to help Rangers win their first league title since 2010/11 remains to be seen.

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